As the Myanmar saying goes: “Nothing can be gained without paying a resonable price” the genuine sacred refuge cannot be gained without the right conviction and the right understanding. We should begin with Conviction first. Then we shall find more and more to believe in. But Buddhism does not insist on believing blindly. It encourages one to investigate with intelligence what one has put one’s faith in. Only then can one attain the right view (Sammaditthi). In order to gain the right view one has to associate with wise persons (Sappurisupanissaya), one has to listen and study the Pali Texts (Saddhammasavana), one has to ponder carefully and reasonably (Yonisomanasikara), and one should avoid dogmatism and favoritism.
The above mentioned facts help one to gain the right view. Blind faith is the foolish belief which amounts to a kind of demerit. It is different from true conviction (Saddha). Indeed conviction can straighten one’s view. Therefore both wisdom and conviction are factors which straighten up one’s view, and so they are known as “Ditthijukamma”.
Thus conviction associated with wisdom is the most precious possession of a human being in this world. The term “Faith” (or Conviction) used in Buddhism is quite different from the term “Faith” used outside the Buddha’s Teachings (Sasana).
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